The food drive on behalf of our HOPE Project has been a huge success. To date, we have given away 30 boxes of food to Averett and Aramark staff, 16 boxes of food to Averett students, 12 cases of noodles and three boxes of food to God's Storehouse. One hundred and seven cans of food were given to Cari Beck '14, the Americorp VISTA member, who donated them to the Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon to help God's Storehouse. Our pantry is now empty.

As you know, hunger isn't only during the holidays, but is a day-to-day struggle for many people. We would like to urge our staff to bring non-perishable food items to the staff meeting Thursday, Jan. 29 to restock our pantry. The need is great.

Our Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) is hosting "Caring for Carrie" during the men's and women's basketball games on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Grant Center. The event is in support of Dr. Carrie Hendrick, our Assistant Professor and Director of Athletic Training, who is battling ovarian cancer.

Attendees are encouraged to wear teal to both the 5:30 and 7:00 games. In case anyone would like to make a monetary gift, donations will be collected for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. There will be halftime events during both games, and Carrie will be speaking during halftime of the men's game.

Please come out and show your support for one of our own.

As of Nov. 11, the HOPE project has distributed 29 boxes of food to the Averett community. Twenty-two boxes of food have been distributed to faculty/staff and 9 boxes of food have been distributed to Averett students.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As of Nov. 6, the HOPE Project has distributed 20 boxes to the Averett University community. A total of 16 boxes went to faculty/staff and four boxes went to students.

Thank you for your generosity!

Averett University Staff Council

Averett's Gospel Ensemble visited Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, Oct. 18. During their visit they performed several selections and helped Lady Astor celebrate her 102nd birthday.

Just a quick note to thank each of you for being so thoughtful while my family is battling my mother's illness with cancer. I cannot tell you how much it means to have a work family who really cares. Each email, card, hug and act of kindness really does encourage me. Until you have faced this dreaded disease you probably can't imagine all the emotions that go along with it, but knowing you have coworkers and friends praying and encouraging you does make it a lot easier. Thank you all again.

Tammy Wall, senior accountant

Tammy Wall, senior accountant in the business office, experienced complications from her recent surgery, but is now resting at home. Please remember to keep Tammy in your thoughts and prayers.